Dail Reflection 22 August 2008: The Queenship of Mary

An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Collect of the Day:

Father, you have given us the mother of your Son to be our Queen and mother. With the support of her prayers may we come to share the glory of your children in the Kingdom of Heaven.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit ever one God, world without end. Amen.

About the Feast:

Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by Christians, mainly Catholics and Orthodox, and High Church Anglicans to whom the title is a consequence of the Council of Ephesus, where the Virgin Mary was proclaimed Theotokos meaning Mother of God or God-bearer. Catholic dogma states that Mary is in heaven, the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. The title Queen of Heaven has been a Catholic tradition, included in prayers and devotional literature, and seen in Western art in the subject of the Coronation of the Virgin, from the High Middle Ages, long before it was given formal status by the Church. It was included by Pope Pius XII in his encyclical about the Queen of Heaven, Ad Caeli Reginam. For centuries, Catholics, while reciting the Litany of Loreto were calling on Mary as queen of heaven.

Queen of Heaven is a title of Mary, which stimulated veneration expressed in theology, literature and liturgies such as the Liturgy of the Hours, music and art. Since the Council of Ephesus, pictoral presentation of Mary were encouraged, which resulted in numerous presentations of Mary as Regina throughout the ages.

The Queenship of Mary:

Mary, Queen of the Universe, you are a Queen in that you are Mother of the Word Incarnate. Christ is universal King in that He rules all His creatures by His personal union with the Father and the Spirit. He is King and you are Queen of all hearts. Rule over us by the queenly power of your love that the Kingdom of your Son; the Kingdom of truth and life, holiness and grace, justice and love, and peace may come upon the earth.

Grant your graces to all people, The Holy Spirit for the whole Church, and peace for the entire earth. Amen.

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